March 24, 2012 Subject:
Nazi Spies ~ low budget and John Carradine~ 3 STARS
made during World War 2~ low budget ~ an Optometrist is the cover for a Nazi Spy network~ this movie stars with a hint of comedy as 2 drunks stagger out of a BAR and witness the robbery~ of a CODE BOOK~ from the Eye Doctor~ as his Nazi contact shows up (JOHN CARRADINE) to pass on the coded message and ends up tracking down the thief who want a $5,000 for the book but gets a bullet in return ~ with the code book back~ the spies are soon trying to organise but the 3 DEAD people killed by Carradine all have their bullets match and now the cops are looking for him~ this meaders around a bit ~ sets are very cheap~ still nearly comical bad accents and arrogent Nazi spies make it worth the watch for some Noir type slant to the move~ I give it 3 STARS just wish some one had written a better script~
July 3, 2011 Subject:
Top Billing Goes to the Nazis
Just a gander at the billing tells us that the movie is dominated by the Nazi characters. I like espionage flicks, but this one plods along, initially, at a pace that makes the threat to the Nazi spy ring seem like no big deal, notwithstanding the claim that the loss of "the book" could get them all hanged. Their quest to retrieve the book started of as though it was an afterthought. The movie never establishes just what it is that makes these Nazi spies "spies."
Jerry doesn't do a very good job of defending himself at the scene of the killing (or, evidently, at the Grand Jury). Why didn't he give the whole story to the police at the time? And the girl -"If only there were something I could do to help." Really?
Actually, the FBI identified the murder weapon as "a Mauser automatic or some other German-made revolver." After the 2nd killing, the expert does say it's a Mauser, but he had allowed earlier that, in any case, the gun was German-made.
I didn't see the leap to the closing that other reviewers cited. However, it wasn't clear that Kramer had mailed the letter, which he had, based on the outcome (i.e., the optometrist raid).
Btw, the police at the end were summoned by the girl while her boyfriend attempted to accost the killer.
January 11, 2011 Subject:
If you don't pay attention too closely, this is a fairly entertaining film. J. Carrol Naish is fine as the Nazi spymaster. John Carradine just wasn't sinister or psychotic enough to make his character believable, but was better than most of the rest of the cast, though John Bleifer stood out as the slimy, double-dealing blackmailer. I thought it was pretty well directed, too.
I can see why the police arrested the male romantic lead, but if the FBI had really done their job he would have been quickly released, since he had no gun and none was recovered at the scene, had no gunfire residue on his hands (The paraffin test had been mentioned in movies of the 1930s.), and had a legitimate reason for being at the murder scene. Yet he went to trial for the murder. I don't know much about guns, but I recognized the iconic Luger pistol used by the murderer. The FBI identified the murder weapon as a Mauser. A pretty clumsy portrayal of the FBI for this marginally propagandistic spy drama.
I downloaded the 266MB 512Kb MPEG4 file. It was good enough for full screen viewing, but was better suited to a smaller area. The print from which it was made had seen better days. It had missing frames, scratches, and what looked like decay. The audio quality was Ok.
August 28, 2010 Subject:
Decent story, predictable spy vs. spy plot. Worth watching John Carradine as the villain. He should have been cast as the "good-guy" in this one. Other actors bland, boring and forgettable.
October 25, 2006 Subject:
It is an oddly structured film but that sort of adds to it's interest.
The only thing I don't get is at the end the cops just show up out of the blue and start shooting.
Did I miss something?
February 11, 2006 Subject:
This film moves along entertaingly enough for about 50 minutes or so but then a deus ex machina comes out of the blue and the threads are wound up very quickly. So quickly that I wondered if it had been cut to a required theatre length by studio executives.
Be that as it may, I found this worth watching because, for once in a film from this peroid, the Gestapo agents are played as "normal" human beings rather than as caricatures. As a result, John Carradine's fine performance, as a thuggish but nervous Nazi spy, radiates an unusually intense aura of evil.